Clarence Town canteen gets a makeover

Clarence Town Public School‘s plan to inspire children to eat healthy  with a “paddock to the plate” theme has taken a colourful new turn.

Following a successful grant application under the Country Art Support Program of $2300 the school’s canteen now has a professional mural.

The school engaged Shane Kennedy and Faith Curtis from Up & Up, an organisation specialising in community engagement and youth programs.

Over a series of weeks the plain facade of the canteen was  transformed into a bright and inviting mural with a rural theme – with a fair amount of learning and fun in the process.

The children helped complete the mosaic on the drinking trough and paint part of the green background as well as designing their own pieces of artwork on old vinyl records.

The canteen supervisor Sam Booth who secured the grants said the paddock to plate menu was a goal for the school with the menu a work in progress but already featuring lots of homemade, healthy items which were proving popular with the students.

The school’s Principal, Louise Blackemore said the mural was a fantastic addition to the school and thanked the artists, Mrs Booth, the P and C and the school’s General Assistants Dave Wells and Andrew Viner who created the artwork surface.

Dungog Shire Council’s Community Projects Officer Tracey Lowrey was on hand to help cut the ribbon on the mural last week during a special school assembly with parents and friends of the school.

The school made a fun day for the children who came dressed in their favourite farmer outfits.

They brought a gold coin donation to aid the buy a bale farmer’s appeal which raised $160. The funds were added to the P and C donation of $500 for the appeal.